Hisham: Chinese ambassador's remarks will not affect Sino-Malaysia ties

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR - The remarks made by the Chinese ambassador Dr Huang Huikang at Petaling Street recently will not affect bilateral ties between Malaysia and China, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

The Defence Minister said that a simple remark alone was not enough to shake the strong ties between both countries.

"Bilateral ties between Malaysia and China has always been strong and will continue to be so," he said in a press conference at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia Tuesday.

Hishammuddin said that Wisma Putra should be allowed to handle the matter.

"Wisma Putra has already called in the ambassador to seek clarification on his remark and we should let them handle it," he said.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had said that the meeting with the ambassador was also to clarify if the statement that Dr Huang made had been misinterpreted or otherwise.

On Friday, ambassador Dr Huang was quoted as saying that China was against those who resort to violence to disrupt public order, an obvious reference to the threat by a group to hold a demonstration in Petaling Street.

"The Chinese government opposes terrorism and any form of discrimination against races and any form of extremism," Dr Huang had told reporters.

Dr Huang had also warned that Beijing would not fear voicing out against incidents which threaten the interests of the country, infringe upon the rights of its citizens in doing business, or disrupt the relationship between Malaysia and China.

Anifah also had said that the calling of an ambassador to Wisma Putra was a normal practice in line with Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.

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